The hunt is on to find Lincolnshire firms with the X-port factor as applications open for the East Midlands International Business Awards 2010.
Last year Lincoln engineering firm Castlet Ltd won the Established Exporter Worldwide Award.
The UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) awards celebrate companies that have excelled in embracing the challenges of trading internationally and demonstrated the importance of international trade for business growth and sustainability.
Peter Hogarth, UKTI East Midlands International Trade Director, said:
“Given the current economic climate international trade has never been more important. Therefore it’s key for us to celebrate the success of local companies who have taken up the challenge and have demonstrated success and sustained growth through exports and inspire others to do the same.
“Our exporters are vital to maintaining the East Midland’s economy during the current downturn as well as creating markets for the future.”
Firms can apply under seven categories.
There are two special categories new to this years awards:
· Young Exporter of the Year, for exporters under 35
· Innovative Exporter of the Year.
Other existing categories are:
· New Exporter Award
· Export Achievement Award
· International Business Communication Award
· Established Exporter Award – with two sub categories
o Brazil, India, Russia and China (BRIC)
The winners will be announced at a special lunch at The Priest House, Castle Donington on 3 December,
To nominate your company, or for more information, please log on to: www.eventsforce.net/international-awards-2010
Nominations will close on 1 November 2010 at 5pm.
In 2008/09 UK Trade & Investment East Midlands helped more than 2,500 companies.
UKTI’s advisers can help UK businesses to decide if they are ready for export, investigate markets for them, find potential business partners, provide grants for firms to go overseas and support businesses once they are there.
For more information about how UKTI can help businesses to expand internationally, visit www.uktradeinvest.gov.uk.